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Dealing With the Emotional Roller Coaster of Cancer

by Brittany McNabb.

Many people with cancer talk about the "emotional roller coaster" of cancer. They go from first appointment, to weekly scans, a treatment plan, and the whirlwind of feelings that come with being diagnosed. Patients are given medication to relieve the physical side effects of cancer but what about the emotional pain? Is there really any sure-fire way to relieve the emotional side effects of cancer? 

Dealing With The Emotional Roller Coaster Of Cancer

Paul Brenner, a psychosocial oncologist with a history in gynecological oncology, is...

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A Couple Reasons to Find a Specialist

by Brittany McNabb.

Reasons To Find A Specialist

When someone is newly diagnosed with cancer, one of the most important relationships in their life becomes the relationship with their oncologist. Many WhatNexters ask, "What should I look for in a cancer doctor?", "Should I contact a specialist?" or "Should I get a second opinion?" Some will answer and say that it was a priority for them to find a specialist in their type of cancer so they knew they were getting the most specific care possible. Others simply say that it was important to...

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6 Ways to Be Vigilant About Your Health After Cancer Treatment

by Brittany McNabb.

WhatNexter HearMeRoar recently shared an article from the CancerNetwork blog written by Rebecca Bechhold, MD, called "Survivorship is Not a Passive Sport." Bechhold says that many people with cancer would walk through a ring of fire to get to the point where they are considered cancer free, but sometimes life after cancer is not met with such vigilance. 

Cancer Patient Swimming

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Beechold says that if everyday habits are put in place post-treatment (even if they seem mundane or unnecessary)...

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You're in Remission: What Next?

by Brittany McNabb.

Remission What Next Life After Cancer

Once you achieve remission you might not know what to do next. Survivorship could be met with celebration but also trepidation. You have been fighting cancer and now there is nothing to fight; your new normal can include changes with work, family, daily routine, and overall attitude about life. 

Goodbye To Peopel Via Becausepeoplematter

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"Getting back to normal life after cancer is challenging. Sometimes it feels like people and the world expect us to be fine. I am working on taking really good care...

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Maintaining Your Health After Cancer

by Brittany McNabb.

Maintaining Your Health After Cancer

Congratulations! You have completed your treatment and you are in remission. You are done with worrying about cancer, right? Wrong! People with cancer know that while remission is a reason for celebration, cancer doesn't end when treatment is done. Cancer is unpredictable, there is no guarantee that it won't return, and some cancers include an increased risk of other health complications or the development of another type of cancer. In an effort to do everything in your power to remain...

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5 Things to Know About Survivorship

by Brittany McNabb.

Relay No More Cancer

The American Cancer Society says that there are now more than 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. Survivorship begins at the time of diagnosis and goes on throughout your entire life; so if you are 1 of 14 million and approaching long-term survivorship, here are some things you may want to know.

For more information on survivorship, read this article on Facts and Figures on Survivorship from the American Cancer Society.

1. A survivorship care plan should be established with...

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15 Things that Cancer Taught Me

by Brittany McNabb.

Things Cancer Taught Me

When diagnosed with cancer, many people have no idea what to expect. Cancer might send you on an emotional roller coaster that you didn't see coming. When we asked WhatNexters what they learned from having cancer there were many different responses. Here are some unique perspectives on what cancer taught them.

1. Cancer taught me that it is important to live life with no regrets. 

Some WhatNexters adopt the motto "live your life, not your cancer." This idea goes hand-in-hand with the...

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Does cancer feed off sugar?

by Brittany McNabb.

Does Sugar Cause Cancer

via dana-farber.org

The Myth About Cancer and Sugar

Sugar

via wikipedia.org

Many people say that "cancer feeds off sugar" or that "sugar speeds the growth of cancer cells." According to the American Cancer Society and Mayo Clinic, this statement in itself is false. 

So why do people think this? They may think this for three reasons. The first reason being that a diet that is high in sugar can cause excessive weight gain. Excessive weight gain and obesity are risk factors of cancer; it is not...

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Am I a cancer survivor?

by Brittany McNabb.

Survivors Celebrating Life

What is survivorship?

Survivor Couple

According to the American Cancer Society, survivorship is the state or condition of being a survivor. Survivorship begins at the time you are diagnosed with cancer and extends to the end of life. The American Cancer Society also says that there are now more than 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States. Find out more about survivorship by reading their article on Survivorship: Facts and Figures.

What are the stages of survivorship?

Happy Cancer Survivor

According to the...

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10 Things to Do When Your Loved One is Having a Bad Day

by Brittany McNabb.

Having A Bad Day

Having cancer can be an emotional roller coaster of good days and bad days, ups and downs. Sometimes loved ones don't know what to do for someone with cancer when they are having a bad day. Here are some simple ideas from WhatNexters on what they would like to be done for them when they are having a bad day. 

1. Lend an Ear and Listen

WhatNexters say one of the best things a friend can do for them on a bad day is to simply listen and let them vent or say what has been on their mind....

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